Parents raise concerns over marijuana shop operating near children in Chula Vista

Posted at 7:15 AM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 11:38:04-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Parents in the South Bay are upset about a marijuana dispensary operating near their children.

The Eastlake Greens Collective is located in Venture Commerce Center. Hundreds of children are in and out of the business park every day attending dance classes, music lessons or martial arts classes.

"It's basically, just a, I don't know, like a music utopia," said Cierra Guerra.

Guerra's daughter takes ballet at Neisha's Dance & Music Academy.

"The fact that they're operating a dispensary so close to this area is just kind of disheartening," said Guerra.

Sara Fernando owns Migoto Judo Dojo. She says the pot shop opened about a year ago.

“ I was kind of shocked, didn’t know anything about it," she said. 

She found out when people started coming into her studio looking for marijuana.

California voters approved the recreational use of marijuana in 2016, but selling it is still illegal in Chula Vista. 

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”I just don’t want kids to think it’s OK, even though it’s legal for adults to use it, I don’t think it’s OK to be just right in the kids’ faces,” said Fernando.

10News tried talking to someone in the collective, but a security guard said the "budtender" was unavailable.

The business' address is listed as a handful facing litigation or enforcement from the city.

Supporters of recreational marijuana sales are gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot. City leaders have been working with both sides to come up with a way to tax and regulate the sale.

A public workshop on the issue is expected to be held in December.